May 2009

A peek into God’s glory through the walls of an exceptional garden.

Drink Coffee. Do Good.

May 22, 2009

Creation care can’t be separated from people care–they are intimately intertwined. This year at Flourish Conference we were able to profile an organization that does both well: Land of a Thousand Hills (LOATH) coffee company. LOATH primarily works in the country of Rwanda, where citizens are poor and jobless in the wake of devastating genocide. [...]

I had a pretty good talk prepared to open the Flourish conference. Then I saw who was there, and I rewrote it on the spot. Well, re-scribbled it, anyway. I think I kept most of the jokes. But I added a confession, and not an easy one.

One of the most sincere pastors I have ever met is Leroy Barber. According to his bio, Leroy has spent more than 20 years working to eradicate poverty, confront homelessness, and heal racism. As with most bios, this one doesn’t fully portray Leroy’s life and ministry. Leroy leads an intentional community in one of the [...]

New Urbanism

May 21, 2009

“New Urbanism” Video One of the most striking presentations at Flourish Conference this year a video on new urbanism called “Built to Last.” It was produced by Chris Elisara of Creation Care Study Program and John Paget of Paget Films and was winner of the Congress for New Urbanism’s video contest. The artistic quality of [...]

Floresta is the coolest organization you’ve never heard of and their program Plant with Purpose may be the coolest creation care initiative around today. Through Plant with Purpose, Floresta works to reverse poverty and deforestation by planting trees. They currently work in Mexico, Tanzania, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. We showcased Plant with Purpose at [...]

This week, Cross Pointe Church hosted the first annual Flourish Conference. As a small part of the Flourish staff, I can tell you that the conference exceeded our expectations in many ways. First, our speaker list was amazing: Joel Hunter, Margaret Feinberg, Gabe Lyons, Matthew Sleeth, and Andy Crouch to name a few. Second, the [...]

Does technology help or hinder our adherence to God’s call to stewardship?

Just a taste of what came out of the first-ever Flourish Conference!

“I don’t want to miss anything in this world.”

The Work of Idleness

May 13, 2009

By Ragan Sutterfield Published in the Summer 2009 issue of Flourish magazine Once I was in a group that was asked to say the most important thing we do for the environment. I ran down the list of my activities—I run an organic vegetable farm, I try to drive only a few times a week, [...]

Inside Flourish

May 13, 2009

[from the Summer issue of Flourish magazine] by RUSTY PRITCHARD Editor-in-Chief Last week, I experienced the jarring juxtaposition of those fighting a culture war and those commited to changing culture by creating culture. I participated in back-to-back conferences, one in Austin, Texas (motto: “keep Austin weird”) and one in Charlotte, NC. The diversity within each [...]


May 13, 2009

[from the Summer issue of Flourish magazine] Savings Sampler A little here, a little there—making even small financially and ecologically sustainable choices adds up to significant savings in the current economic climate. But making those choices also reflects a commitment to being “content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11), an attitude which extends in value beyond [...]

Flourish 2009 starts tomorrow!